Colorado: Iraqi Muslim convicted in brutal gang rape gets 28 years

He was one of five Iraqi Muslims involved in the brutal gang rape of a 53-year old woman. via Iraqi convicted in Springs rape case sentenced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – One of five Iraqi men who was arrested in connection to a Colorado Springs rape case has been sentenced.

Jasim [Mohammed] Ramadon was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison on April 18, 2014. He was convicted of all but one of the charges filed against him on January 21, 2014. Ramadon will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

The 53-year-old victim was attacked at the Wildridge Apartments in the 2500 block of Gold Rush drive on July 21, 2012.

On August 30, 2012, KRDO NewsChannel 13 reported that the victim told police she broke up a fight between two groups of men and then one of them invited her inside an apartment.

During their conversation, the victim said she was given what she believed was lemonade and has no recollection after that.

The woman ended up at Memorial Hospital Central with significant internal injuries, blunt force trauma and serious bodily injuries, police said.

Five Iraqi nationals were arrested in connection to the crime. An arrest affidavit obtained by KRDO NewsChannel 13 on August 15, 2012 alleged that Ramadon physically assaulted and abused the woman, and a man named Sarmad Mohammed exposed himself to her. The three other men, Ali Al Juboori, Yasir Jasim and Mustafa Sataar were accused of covering up the crimes.

 Previously:

One co-defendant, Sarmad Fadhi “Levi” Mohammed, 26, is serving 16 years to life in prison after a jury convicted him last year of placing his penis in the woman’s mouth. Three others were accused of lying to police about what they knew of the rape and ended up with misdemeanor convictions.

And as we previously wrote:

3 out of 5 Mohameds.All Muslims. None yet deported. Three free and roaming the streets.

All previous posts here.

Texas: Muslim terrorizes Walmart shoppers, arrested

via Sugar Land man charged in scare that caused lockdown at Walmart in Kemah | kvue.com

KEMAH, Texas — The Walmart in Kemah was placed on lockdown early Saturday as authorities confronted a man who had “unknown devices” attached to his body, police said.

Workers and customers were locked in the store on FM 518 at Highway 146 starting around 9 a.m.

According to Kemah P.D. Chief Greg Rikard, officers were dispatched to a suspicious man in a car who had a knife and was wearing a mask.

Witnesses said the man was in a Target parking lot, but his unoccupied vehicle was later found in the Walmart parking lot. Officers waited for the man to return and then confronted him.

Police said they found several “unknown devices” in the man’s pockets and attached to his body around the waist. He was placed in a patrol car while the area was secured and evacuated.

Bomb squads and officers from Texas City, Baytown, La Porte, and Pasadena were called in to assist Kemah police.

As of 1 p.m. the suspect had been stripped down and taken into custody, but customers were still being kept inside and the lockdown was still in place.

Witnesses said employees handed out snacks to everyone in the store, who were kept waiting for nearly five hours.

Police started letting customers leave the store shortly after 2 p.m. when the all-clear was given.

Kemah police later said Mehrzad Malekzadeh, 35, of Sugar Land was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats and a hoax bomb. Both charges are class A misdemeanors. Bond was set at $5,000.

Police transferred the suspect to the Galveston County Jail.

 

Virginia: Saudi exchange student arrested in sexual assault of autistic girl

The girl’s mother – who was sexually involved with the attacker – has also been charged with helping him escape. via Saudi man, 20, wanted in Stafford is arrested | The News Desk. h/t LOOK UNDER THE BURKA

A man accused of sexual assault in Stafford County over the weekend was arrested Sunday as he was getting on a plane bound for Saudi Arabia, police said.

Hamad Mastour Alsuwat, 20, a Saudi citizen, is charged in Stafford with object sexual penetration, a felony that carries a potential life sentence.

According to Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy, the charge against Alsuwat stems from an incident Saturday at a county residence.

Deputy Thomas Grasso responded to the home and learned that a 17-year-old female resident had been sexually assaulted.1398113778000-Hamad-Alsuwat---Sex-Assault

Alsuwat, who had been staying at the home as a foreign exchange student, was gone when Grasso arrived.

After determining that Alsuwat was a foreign exchange student, Detective Tim Covington contacted the Department of Homeland Security.

Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection later intercepted Alsuwat at Dulles International Airport as he was boarding a flight to his home country.

After verifying that he was the subject of the Stafford warrant, federal authorities turned Alsuwat over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition.

 More: Mom charged after daughter’s alleged attacker tries to flee U.S.

The mother of an autistic 17-year-old Stafford County girl who was sexually assaulted Saturday has been accused of helping the teen’s attacker try to leave the country, court records show.

The victim’s mother, who is not being named to protect the victim’s identity, was arrested Sunday on a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court by Detective Tim Covington, the mother helped Alsuwat pack to leave the country while knowing that he was being investigated for the sexual assault of her daughter.

The affidavit states that Alsuwat had been living with the girl’s family in southern Stafford since Sept. 13.

The victim’s parents had gotten involved in a foreign exchange program and were providing Alsuwat with a room.

The victim told Covington that on Saturday, according to the affidavit, Alsuwat asked her to come into his room.

She said he then pushed her onto the bed and began kissing and sexually assaulting her, refusing to stop when she told him to. She estimated that the incident lasted about five minutes.

A short time later, her older sister showed up to take her to a birthday party. When the party was over and it was time to go home, the affidavit states that the girl became scared and told her sister what had happened.

The sister told the parents what the victim said, and an argument ensued because the mother was defending Alsuwat, court records state.

The husband told Covington that his wife had been standing up for Alsuwat since November, when he caught his wife and Alsuwat in the shed engaged in a sex act.

The man said he had been trying to get Alsuwat out of his home, but his wife wanted him to stay. It had been an ongoing issue prior to Saturday, the affidavit states.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted Alsuwat on Sunday after Covington contacted the Department of Homeland Security.

Alsuwat is being held in the Loudoun Adult Detention Center pending his return to Stafford.

Connecticut: Pakistani immigrant robs taxpayers in another food stamp bust

Robbing taxpayers seems to be an area Muslim immigrants excel and have no fear of being deported. via Food stamps used to buy Red Bull – Connecticut Post. h/t Diversity’s Dark Side

BRIDGEPORT — The owner of a Fairfield Avenue grocery store was charged with illegally using government food stamp money to buy 1,200 cases of Red Bull.

Aslam Khawaja, 48, of Iranistan Avenue, the owner of the SK Grocery at 856 Fairfield Ave., was charged Wednesday with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

From March through December 2013 Khawaja paid cash to 128 of his customers who are on the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for their SNAP benefits at 50 cents to a dollar of benefit, the arrest affidavit states.

He then used the benefits at the Fairfield and Stratford BJ’s Warehouse Stores to purchase $45,000 in bulk merchandise, including the cases of Red Bull, which he offered for sale at his store, the affidavit states.

“I was just trying to help poor people in the community,” Khawaja said. “The poor people come in here and they need money so I help them. Yes, I bought the Red Bull, but I sell it here, people really like it.”

Undercover officers were sent into the store on several occasions with SNAP benefit cards, and were offered cash for their benefits by Khawaja. In one instance, Khawaja gave the undercover officer $30 in cash in exchange for the officer’s benefit card and PIN number and offered him another $100 in cash if Khawaja could deduct $200 from the card.

Khawaja then drove to the BJ’s store where he used the officer’s card, according to the affidavit.

Khawaja is a Pakistani national. In December he was shot during a robbery at his store and at that time asked detectives to file federal documents allowing him to obtain a temporary visa to remain here as a crime victim, police said.

The arrest was a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, Office of the Attorney General, state Department of Social Services, United States Department of Agriculture — Office of Inspector General, and the United States Department of Agriculture FNS — Retailer Investigation Bureau.

Khawaja was released after posting $100,000 bond pending arraignment in Superior Court on April 22.

 

Florida: Terror-linked CAIR mad stealth textbook dawah to be slowed

via CAIR protests textbook bill; says it’s rooted in anti-Muslim bigotry – BizPac Review.

A bill making its way through the Florida legislature requiring local school districts to review textbooks used in classrooms is now the target of the the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR.

 The group contends that the bill, SB 864: Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education, introduced by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, would create an unfunded mandate posing an unnecessary burden on local school districts, according to its statement released Monday, which says:

SB 864 has the potential to jeopardize the entire Sunshine State school system with an unnecessary law for a problem that does not exist by:

  • Imposing a tremendous unfunded mandate on our school districts
  • Depriving school districts of the state’s “economy of scale” in textbook purchasing power
  • Reducing Florida’s influence over textbook content
  • Opening the adoption process to social and political bias
  • Threatening the constitutional requirement for a uniform system of free public schools

However, what is really at stake for the group is its claim that the bill was prompted by anti-Muslim bigotry. Hayes sponsored the bill in response to a history book that residents of Brevard County claimed in July emphasized Islam’s influence on the world while minimizing Christianity and Judaism.

 “World History,” published by Prentice-Hall, “has a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism,” Florida Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne said. “It’s remarkably one-sided.”

 The dispute eventually spilled over into Volusia County, where critics said the text “whitewashes” the history of Islam.

 The bill is nearing passage in both chambers.

 Sounds more like the stealth dawah that got Islamic propaganda into American textbooks in the first place is about to be challenged. Of course, relying on the government to do what parents should be doing anyway is never a good idea.

Do you know what your kids (grandkids) are reading in school?

NYPD’s ‘Muslim mapping’ saved lives

via NYPD’s ‘Muslim mapping’ saved lives | New York Post.

Federal agents knew that a would-be terrorist had likely arrived in New York City from Florida over Thanksgiving weekend in 2012. However, they didn’t know where in New York City he was — a worrisome prospect, considering that Raees Alam Qazi was gathering information on the best places to detonate bombs in Manhattan, Times Square and Wall Street among them.

The NPYD’s Intelligence Division, it turned out, knew exactly where to look — because it already knew places in the metro area that might be inclined to open their doors for the night to a cash-strapped transient enamored with al Qaeda. It then sent an NYPD undercover officer into one of those locations and confirmed Qazi’s presence there. That allowed federal authorities to initiate surveillance and arrest Qazi on terrorism charges as he stepped off a bus in Ft. Lauderdale on his way home soon thereafter.

Similarly, as Seth Lipsky reported in Thursday’s Post, had the Boston marathon bombers made it to New York with their explosive devices, the NYPD would’ve been in a good position to know where to look for them because of some mapping it had done in Brighton Beach and elsewhere.

These assessments of where a terrorist might land in order to find as cheap place to stay, a job off the books, an Internet café or even a restaurant for comfort food, were done by a small NYPD unit initially called the Demographics Unit and later the Zone Assessment Unit — which was dismantled last week.

Its critics inflated the unit’s role and wrongly painted it as having engaged in unconstitutional spying. Hopefully, terrorists who want to return to kill more New Yorkers don’t believe it’s now easier for them to elude New York law enforcement, or interpret this as a prelude to further dismantling of the NYPD counterterrorism program.

That would be potentially tragic — considering terrorists’ relentless post-9/11 efforts to again target New York.

Read it all.

Vietnam: 7 dead in shootout after border police turn back illegal Muslims

Proving no country is immune from Muslim infiltration immigration and the violence that follows. via Seven killed in China-Vietnam border shootout – Australia Network News. h/t TROP

A deadly gun battle along the China-Vietnam border has left seven people dead, including five Chinese migrants and two Vietnamese border guards.

According to local officials, a shootout erupted when Vietnamese border guards tried to turn back a group of Chinese citizens entering their country illegally.

In a statement, the Quang Ninh provincial government in Vietnam said a total of 16 Chinese nationals, including 10 men, four women and two children were detained after attempting to enter Vietnam.

While Vietnamese authorities were attempting to repatriate them, “some Chinese men in this group seized guns from Vietnamese border guards and shot at them”, the statement said.

The statement also said the firefight erupted despite efforts to calm the situation.

Details of the bloody clash remain scarce and it is unclear if the dead included Chinese women and children.

Vietnamese media has reported that the Chinese citizens were from the far Western Muslim Province of Xinjiang where human rights groups say there is persecution of local ethnic Uighurs.

The area has reported human trafficking and people smuggling cases, including the kidnapping of Vietnamese women forced to marry Chinese men and young boys being kidnapped for sale to rich childless Chinese couples.

 Safe to say that, Islam’s Religious War is with Everyone.

Georgia: Muslim murder suspect pens threat-filled letters to area judges

via Murder suspect Fakhir pens threat-filled, rambling letters to area judges – Douglas County Sentinel. h/t Iron Burka

The woman accused of killing Jerry Wheeler last June 18 is still at a state mental health facility in Milledgeville being evaluated and will not have a competency hearing that had been set for Monday in Douglas County Superior Court.

But judging from comments made in two letters written by 33-year-old Sahara Fakhir to area judges, the professionals who will issue a report on her competency have their hands full.

The Sentinel has obtained the hand-written letters, one dated Aug. 5, 2013, to Judge David Emerson and another to Judge William “Beau” McClain dated March 11, 2014, in which Fakhir does everything from apologize, make wild claims and calls judges every name in the book.

Fakhir was arrested and charged with the murder of Wheeler, a 66-year-old local businessman, inside his home on June 18. In preliminary hearings, testimony indicated that Fakhir was seen walking away from the victim’s home on the night of his attack, left her bloody footprints inside the home and had a knife stashed under her mattress that had the victim’s blood inside the handle.

Fakhir threatened to bring destruction to the courthouse and to Douglas County when she made her initial court appearance. in her letters, she said that some of her claims are coming to pass. She even took credit for District Attorney David McDade’s health problems.

McDade endured five surgical procedures and more than a month of intensive care after circulation issues were found on Dec. 5 when he was seeking to get clearance for back surgery. An ultrasound found almost total blockage. Doctors thought for a time that they would have to amputate his lower right leg and possibly the same on his left. He said it was those health issues that led him to the decision to retire at the end of April.

Fakhir wrote: “You think David McDade’s sickness is a coincidence? Did I not tell you that Allah said for me to tell you that he was ‘fed up with the Douglas County GA Judicial system and that he will again visit Douglasville with another unrelenting chastisement.’”

Fakhir calls McClain a “filthy, nasty, low-down, law-breaking pathetic, scum dog rat,” a “snake,” “you criminal in a black cape,” and threatens a type of holy war. She tells McClain that she will not work with her court-appointed attorneys Wesley Wolverton and Jim Kiger because they are “atheists.”

Fakhir in a court appearance claimed that Allah would serve as her attorney. In letters, she said Allah would provide “destruction of a courthouse by the power of a violent, turbulent windstorm,” and she threatened a judge’s freedom and his life at Allah’s hands.

Allah is planning on killing you with his own hands – his own unique, unconquerable strength and yet you dare challenge his authority by oppressing me in violation of my religion and the Miranda Rights law, and in addition to that, you are planning to take my life?” Fakhir wrote in a letter to Judge McClain. “Allah will end up destroying you before you can do it.”

Do the letters point to religious fanaticism, mental illness or someone trying to beat the system?

Here’s a better question: Why are so many Muslims criminal, insane or both? Convert or otherwise.

Previously: Murder suspect tells court Allah representing her, will take vengeance on judge

Wisconsin: Muslims arrested for defrauding program meant to feed women, kids

via Store owners accused of defrauding program meant to feed women, kids – WISN

MILWAUKEE —Three men have been arrested in a growing crackdown on welfare fraud.

State agents, police, even the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took part in a raid at Chuck’s at 18th Street and Teutonia Avenue and at All Star Food and Beer at 27th and Burleigh streets.

A months-long investigation led police to All Star Food and Beer on Wednesday. They arrested the owner, Ali Yousef Aldarorah, and a clerk, Belkasim Moftah, accusing them of defrauding a program that aims to feed poor women and children.

“The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) checks for infant formulas can be worth as much as $100 to the stores,” Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney David Feiss said.

Feiss said the men were recorded numerous times by an undercover informant giving customers cash in exchange for their vouchers — at about half the check’s value or less — instead of food or formula.

“And that’s really the real harm and shame of this is money we’re providing to people to make sure that young children, infants, have good nutrition so they can get a solid start in life, that money is not being used how it’s intended to be used. Rather it’s being converted to other uses,” Feiss said.

It’s being converted to cash, which Feiss said often pays for drugs and alcohol. At Chuck’s, owner Hesham Al-Ali is accused of defrauding taxpayers out of at least $20,000.

This follows WISN 12 News’ story last month where WISN 12 News reporter Nick Bohr confronted another store owner, facing felony charges for a similar scheme on the south side.

“We think it is much more widespread. We’ll be continuing to investigate, and I guess we’re looking at how can we put a dent in this,” Feiss said.

It’s a crime, for WIC participants to trade their vouchers for cash. Investigators said they will be looking over the records to see if any customers could also be charged.

In unrelated news, Wisconsin’s first lady was visiting a mosque just a few scant weeks ago:

New York cabbie who severed tourist’s leg back on the road

via New York cabbie who hit British tourist – causing her to lose her leg – is back on the road | Mail Online.

A New York City cab driver who ran over a British tourist in midtown Manhattan last year – causing her to lose one of her legs – is back on the road.

Following the incident that left Leicester beauty queen Sian Green without a leg, cabbie Mohammed Faysal Himon told reporters that the incident was so horrified by the incident that he didn’t want to be a cab driver anymore.

However, he reportedly has been back behind the wheel for months.

‘He has been driving regularly, uneventfully — thank God — and just doing what he has to do,’ Himon’s lawyer, Cynthia Fisher, told The New York Post.

In August of 2013, the cab Himon was driving jumped the curb near West 49th Street in Manhattan and hit Green, 25, who was sightseeing with a friend.

Himon claimed at the time that he was cutoff by a man on a bicycle, 41-year-old Kenneth Olivo, and then sped up to try and get around him, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle and jump the curb.

Following the incident, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission suspended Himon’s license for 30 days. However, no charges were ever filed against him, so the Commission was forced to reinstate his license.

After the Commission had to reinstate Himon’s license, officials asked him to voluntarily surrender it, according to a spokesman for the TLC. He refused.

Himon, a Bangladeshi native who has been in America for about five years, has a history of dangerous driving – even Himon thinks he’s a bad driver, he admitted to the Post last year.

Since 2011, Himon has been cited for running a red light and for driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone, amongst other citations.

After it was announced in the November that no criminal charges would be brought against Himon, Green’s lawyer released a statement in which he said his client was continuing to make progress in her recovery after returning to the U.K.

‘While she is incredibly dismayed by this decision, she does not let it affect her positive spirit, unbelievable strength and incredible poise, which she demonstrated to the world throughout this ordeal,’ the statement from Daniel Marchese read.

He insists that the incident that has left his young client without a leg is not an accident, but rather the result of ‘a negligent act of calculated recklessness.’

The Muslim cabbie admitted road rage led to crash that severed woman’s leg:

Himon, a native of Bangladesh who has been in the United States for nearly five years, admitted he flew into a fit of road rage when he and bike messenger Kenneth Olivo crossed paths.

“He was in my way and I got upset, so I gave him notice that I wanted to pass through,” he said, meaning he leaned on his horn.

“He started pounding on my car with his hands and was yelling things at me. I suddenly felt like I had to get out of there. It was becoming a bad situation. So I accelerated to get in front of him.”

At that point, Himon went on, “everything becomes cloudy” as he crashed into Green, who was munching a hot dog with her best pal, Keshia Warren, at the northwest corner of Sixth Avenue and 49th Street, near Radio City Music Hall.

“I don’t know how, but I just lost control of the car,” Himon said.

Note how far onto the sidewalk Mohammed’s car went.

The question is not be whether Mohammed should be allowed in a yellow cab but whether he should be allowed to stay in the United States. He has at least five moving violations and nearly killed a woman. He’s not a productive member of society, he’s a threat.

 

Oregon jihad training camp showed “how to properly slice someone’s throat”

via Witness recalls demo in ‘how to slit a throat’ as terror trial opens – latimes.com. h/t Atlas

On a ranch in rural Oregon, a radical Muslim holding a dagger with a curved blade yanked back the head of a kneeling young man and brought the metal to his neck.

He said he was going to show us how to properly slice someone’s throat,” the kneeling man’s sister testified Thursday as prosecutors began presenting their case against an Egyptian-born imam known as Abu Hamza Masri, the latest terrorism case to unfold in a New York federal court.

Masri, who also goes by Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, was not the man holding the knife, but a government indictment alleges that he sent the knife-wielding man from London to Oregon to establish a terrorist training camp.

It is one of 11 charges against Abu Hamza Masri, a naturalized British citizen who gained fame for his radical sermons in London’s Finsbury Park mosque and who was extradited to the United States in October 2012.

The prosecution’s first witness was Angelica Morris, who was living in a trailer on the Bly ranch with her husband, daughter, son and younger brother in December 1999, when two mysterious men speaking with British accents arrived unannounced late one night.

Both men had long hair and long beards, both dressed in black, and both regularly patrolled the sprawling ranch with guns late at night during their roughly monthlong stay, said Morris. The pair often led other men on their night patrols across the ranch and had them fire pistols, shotguns and rifles down the dry creek bed running through the property, she said.

One day, Morris said the man known as Abu Abdullah took her and her brother, who was 18, outside to demonstrate throat-cutting techniques.

He asked my brother if he would kill a kaffir,” Morris said, defining “kaffir” as a Muslim term for someone who rejects Islam. “I’ve killed sheep, so I don’t know why I couldn’t,” Morris recalled her brother replying.

At that point, Morris said, Abu Abdullah had her brother kneel in front of him and made a slicing motion across her brother’s neck without cutting the skin.

Abu Abdullah eventually left the knife with Morris, who years later turned it over to the FBI. In court, Kim drew the knife out of an envelope and held it up for jurors.

In addition to weapons, Morris said the two men brought British currency. Both said the money was from Abu Hamza Masri, Morris testified. Abu Abdullah specifically told her that “Sheikh Abu Hamza had sent him there to train the brothers,” she said.

Morris, who has left Islam and now lives in Louisiana, described phone calls between Abu Abdullah and Masri which took place in her family’s cramped trailer. She said Abu Abdullah appeared frustrated that there were not more guns or “brothers” on the ranch and felt it was not a suitable training situation.

 

Bill Clinton sent handwritten note to al Qaeda-linked Virginia mosque

via Bill Clinton sent handwritten note to al-Qaeda-linked mosque | The Daily Caller.

Democratic President Bill Clinton sent a handwritten note offering to work together with the chairman of a mosque that counted 9/11 hijackers as worshippers, senior al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki as an imam, and an al-Qaeda conspirator and would-be George W. Bush assassin as a teacher and camp counselor.

Clinton sent a handwritten note on official stationery in March 2000 to the chairman of the board of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, in response to a letter from the chairman. Clinton’s note was released as part of a document dump Friday by the Clinton presidential library.

 The note was marked “THE PRESIDENT HAS SEEN 3-10-00.”

 “I’m interested in all these suggestions. Let’s follow up,” Clinton said in the note, in which he also said that it would be good to have support from Muslims. Clinton signed the note “Bill.”

 The Dar Al-Hjrah Mosque was visited by FBI agents after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks after it was discovered that two 9/11 hijackers had worshipped at the mosque.

 The mosque’s imam from 1995 to 1999, prior to Clinton’s note, was Mohammed Al Hanooti, who was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing by a U.S. attorney. Al Hanooti defended an acquaintance that was deported and indicted for arranging financial support for the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.

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Maryland: Muslim immigrant gets five years in jihad plot on cartoonist

Why isn’t he being deported?

mohammad-khalid

via Maryland Man Receives Five-Year Prison Sentence for European Terror Plot

A federal judge sentenced an Ellicott City man to five years in prison for aiding a group of people who were planning terror attacks in Europe, a less severe sentence than prosecutors had sought.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a Pakistani immigrant from Ellicott City who graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in 2011, pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists in federal court in Philadelphia in May 2012. He was arrested when he was 17 on charges of providing material support to terrorism; prosecutors had asked that he receive a 10-year prison sentence.

Khalid, 20, admitted in court to aiding the would-be terrorist nicknamed “Jihad Jane” and apologized to his parents as he was sentenced to five years in a U.S. prison, reports the Military.com website. He cried during parts of the sentencing hearing Thursday in Philadelphia, while his parents, brother and sisters wept.

Khalid’s time in prison is likely to be short because he gets credit for almost three years incarceration since his arrest, but he is likely to be deported to Pakistan once he completes his sentence.

At the time of his arrest, he was about to enter Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on a full scholarship, the website says.

Once again obliterating the myth that jihadists are poor and uneducated. Quite the contrary, read Queen Mary Univ: Radicals More Likely to be Well-Off, Educated.

“I stand before your honor humiliated,” he told the judge. “Nothing I say today can excuse the mistakes of my past.”

Court documents state Khalid helped a Pennsylvania woman, Colleen LaRose, remove incriminating postings from an online message board and created posts seeking money for LaRose’s group in Europe. LaRose, who is called “JihadJane” after her online name, was sentenced to 10 years in prison this winter for her involvement in the terror plot.

LaRose was plotting with others in Europe to kill a Swedish artist over a cartoon that offended Muslims, according to an Associated Press report.

An attorney for Khalid told the Baltimore Sun that associating with the group “was like a video game to him” and that a 10-year sentence would be “ridiculous.”

Since being arrested, prosecutors said that Khalid cooperated with the FBI, helping with terrorist investigations and that he “may have learned respect for the law.”

Khalid was living in the United States legally.

 Again we ask, why isn’t he being deported?

Kansas City: “Mohammed” arrested in highway shootings

Shades of the Beltway Sniper John Allan Muhammad? via Man charged in Kansas City highway shootings. h/t iOwnTheWorld.com

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) – The man charged with shooting at motorists on Kansas City highways apparently fired a .380 pistol from his own car before speeding away, documents released on Friday said.

Authorities identified the suspect as Mohammed Pedro Whitaker. He is 27 and lives in Grandview, south of Kansas City, reported CNN affiliate KCTV-TV. He was charged with 18 felony counts covering nine incidents and is being held under $1 million cash bond.

Probable cause statements show police connected the shootings through .380 bullets found in the vehicles. Starting in early March, motorists told police of being shot at in the I-435/I-470/Highway 71 interchanges.

In several cases, the drivers reported seeing a dark green car near them driven by a man wearing sunglasses, a dark hoodie and sometimes a black ski mask.

One break came when a witness looking for a lost cell phone beside a road found a Walmart bag containing .380 ammunition, the documents showed. Prints on the ammunition boxes matched Whitaker’s.

The shootings began March 8. Some motorists weren’t even aware shots had been fired at their vehicles.

 Kansas City has a rapidly growing Islamic problem.

 

Michigan: Governor creates Arabic brochure to lure foreigners from Middle East

Rather than give American citizens and small businesses incentives to take risk and create businesses and jobs, Michigan’s Republican governor is giving breaks to lure foreigners.

michigan-arabic-brch

via Michigan looks to Asia, Middle East in bid to lure foreign investors, job creators | MLive.com. h/t D

Michigan is also looking to tap investors in the Middle East and has already produced an Arabic brochure.

“One of our strongest selling points is we have one of the largest concentrations of Arabs outside of the Middle East,” Borgstrom [Director State of Michigan EB-5 Regional Center] said, referring to Dearborn. “That creates a lot of connections, and there’s a lot of interest there. One of the things we tend to lose sight of is that the United States is still the gold-standard for places to live.”

Snyder, calling himself the most pro-immigration governor in the country and earning national attention in the process, has promoted several strategies for attracting legal immigrants and foreign investors to Michigan.

He recently signed an executive order to create the Michigan Office for New Americans. He asked the Obama administration to earmark 50,000 EB-2 visas for Detroit over the next five years and led the push for the EB-5 Regional Center.

Michigan’s new status as a federally designated center for an increasingly popular investor visa program — just the second of its kind in the nation — will uniquely position the state to attract foreign capital and create local jobs, according to experts and stakeholders.

United States Customs and Immigration expedited and approved Michigan’s application to run its own EB-5 Regional Center, the Snyder administration announced this week, citing support from the governor, the state’s entire Congressional delegation and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The federal EB-5 visa program is designed to attract “entrepreneur aliens” by offering them a green card in exchange for domestic investments that produce at least 10 new jobs in the U.S.

Immigrants can qualify by devoting $500,000 to a project in a high-unemployment or rural area, of which there are 433 in Michigan, or $1 million in a more affluent part of the state.

Civitas runs eight EB-5 Regional Centers, including one in partnership with Dallas, where Healy said foreign investment helped breathe new life into a former casket factory on the city’s south side, which has was redeveloped as a 76-room boutique hotel.

The project coupled $5.5 million from 11 foreign investors with municipal grants and federal tax credits, and it hints at similar possibilities for Detroit or other urban centers in Michigan.

The EB-5 visa program, streamlined in 2011, has seen significant growth in recent years. In fiscal year 2013, nearly 6,500 foreign investors applied for visas under the program, according to The Wall Street Journal. As of September, USCIS had approved 3,696 of those applications and denied 942.

Streamlined? Ripe for fraud?

Immigrants who win an EB-5 visa or green card are not required to live in the same state as they invest in, but Michigan officials are already promoting the state as a place to invest — and to raise a family.

“The pitch is that we don’t just want your money, we want you here,” Borgstrom told MLive, noting he has traveled to China, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to begin discussions and gauge interest from potential investors. “We find a lot of value in having a large immigrant population in the state.”

It would be challenging to pick four other countries more anathema to American values.

Chinese nationals are by far the most active participants in the foreign investor program, having obtained roughly 90 percent of all EB-5 visas issued last year, and Metro Detroit’s growing Asian population could make it an attractive landing spot for new entrepreneur immigrants.

Democrats ran Detroit into the ground, making themselves rich, now Republicans are selling it to foreigners.

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